Archive for April, 2013

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Soccer Ball for Kids That is as Durable as Their Spirit

It’s so easy to support kids in war torn areas. Just buy a One World Futbol and a durable soccer ball that can withstand harsh terrain will be donated to kids in Darfur and other places including war zones and refugee camps. This ball lasts! It never requires a pump and it lasts decades!

One World Futbol: World’s Most Durable Ball

The co-founder of One World Futbol, Tim Jahnigen, had this to say about the project: “The One World Futbol projects strives to improve the lives of youth and adults in disadvantaged communities worldwide by distributing an ultra-durable soccer ball to organizations on the ground in war zones, refugee camps, inner cities, and harsh environments for use in their work with communities in need.”

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Art Museum Visit Brings Books Alive

My mom friend Loren from Felix Doolittle Fine Stationery sent me these photos with this note about a trip to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts with her 9-year-old son who had just finished reading The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan. Ancient Egypt and action adventure had suddenly made museums desirable!

Julian also read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, a personal favorite of mine, but an award winning book that I haven’t yet been able to convince my own kids to read.

Museum Outings Bring Chapter Books Alive

She says, “On MLK Day, Felix, Julian, and I went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA).  It’s not often that I can convince Julian that a day at the museum is a good idea, but he was just as excited as I was.

MFA, Museum of Fine ArtsCould this statue be similar to the mysterious one in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?  Read more…

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A Little Too Exciting Flying Trapeze Book Club for Kids

Does this not sounds like the most amazing book club for older kids ever? My Mom Friend Katherine and her daughter came up with this combo for our girls who are now in 5th grade. It would work for a range of ages from 9 on up though! I think it would also be really fun for a book club for boys too!

5th Grade Book Club for Girls: Trapeze School!

  • Chapter book The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
  • Trapeze School field trip

PickyKidPix loves trapezing! Here she goes with a catch and release!

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Poetry by 2nd Grade Boys

I visited some poets in 2nd grade (my son and his classmates) for a parent visiting day and thought they’d be perfect to celebrate  National Poetry Month in April. 

2nd Grade Poetry

The 2nd grade poems composed color poems using What is Black? by Mary O’Neill as their model. The poem was in my son’s notebook and all marked up. I guess he studied it carefully.

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I wasn’t able to find What is Black? online but I did find Mary O’Neill’s What is Red?

What is Red? by Mary O’Neill

Red is sunset

Blazing and bright.

Red is feeling brave

With all your might.

Red is a sunburn

Spot on your nose.

Sometimes red

Is a red, red, rose.

Red squiggles out

When you cut your hand.

Red is a brick

And the sound of a band.

Red is hotness

You get inside

When you’re embarassed

And want to hide.

Fire-cracker, fire-engine

Fire- flicker red–

And you’re angry

Red runs through your head.

Red is an Indian,

A Valentine heart.

The trimmings on

A circus cart.

Red is a lipstick

Red is a shout

Red is a signal

That says “WATCH OUT!”

Red is great big

Rubber ball.

Red is the giantest

Color of all.

Red is a show-off.

No doubt about it.

But can you imagine

Living without it?  Read more…